Shep's Take: I Was Wrong

I’ve been wrong about Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg.  I was critical of his leadership.  I blamed a lot of this teams two years struggle on him.

That’s not fair.

Night in and night out Zetterberg has been the Wings best player. 

Some may not think that’s saying much because of how consistently bad the Red Wings have performed, but I think that’s what makes him special.

How difficult must it be to play as hard and productive every night when the rest of the roster is under-performing? 

Zetterberg’s leadership was on full display again Tuesday night in Toronto…earning two points; winning face offs; playing with a blood-stained face and arguing calls with referees. 

Even at the age of 36, he continues to lead this team in scoring and is one of just four current Wings to boast a plus in the plus-minus category.  He and Anthony Mantha are the only two on the team with a double digit plus stat line.

Do we realize just how difficult that is? To have a plus 13 on a team that is minus 138?

This team will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1990.

It’s been a hell of a run, but what’s really disheartening is that it could have been extended to 26 years of others would have followed Zetterberg’s lead

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